In Legions of Pigs, Jamie Kreiner uses pigs as a lens through which she examines the early medieval West from North Africa to the British Isles and Scandinavia. Pigs are unique among the medieval domestic mammals. Unlike cattle, sheep, goats, horses, and donkeys, pigs do not produce secondary products that can be extracted from live animals, such as milk, wool, hair, traction, and transport. Pigs produce meat and other primary products, such as skin and bone, that can be accessed only when a pig is slaughtered. Pigs are also biologically and behaviorally distinct from the other early medieval farm animals. They are smart and will eat almost anything, but they can be dangerous and require careful management so that they do not destroy agricultural fields and other aspects of the landscape and the built environment. Using pigs as a focal point, the chapters in this volume explore worldview and...
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Book Review| November 01 2022
Review: Legions of Pigs in the Early Medieval West, by Jamie Kreiner
Legions of Pigs in the Early Medieval West.
New Haven and London:
Yale University Press,
2020. 351 pp. ISBN: 9780300246292. $40.
Pam J. Crabtree
Pam J. Crabtree
New York University
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Studies in Late Antiquity (2022) 6 (4): 740–741.
Pam J. Crabtree; Review: Legions of Pigs in the Early Medieval West, by Jamie Kreiner. Studies in Late Antiquity 1 November 2022; 6 (4): 740–741. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/sla.2022.6.4.740
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